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The Daily Brief: 7.2 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Haiti

As Haiti faces a political crisis, a strong earthquake strikes the country, killing over 200 people.

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  • A 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit Haiti this Saturday, killing 227 people and injuring over 1,000. 
  • The US Geology survey reported that the earthquake occurred miles away from Saint-Louis-du-Sud, and was “10 kilometers deep,” being able to be felt miles away in Jamaica. 
  • Hospitals are overpacked with patients, creating makeshift stations outside and warning of “high” number of casualties, as “disaster is likely widespread.” 
  • The American Red Cross reported that there was “significant damage to homes, roads, and infrastructure.” The Haitian government also stated that they believed “high casualties are probable.”
  • The last earthquake which Haiti faced was in 2010, which leveled at 7.0 and killed up to 300,000 after flattening buildings and trapping citizens under the rubble. 
  • The state of Haiti after the 2010 quake was followed by cataclysmic years of hurricanes, epidemics, coups, and the recent assasination of President Jovenal Moise last month, raising concern about the potential affects following the recent disaster. 
  • Response from private relief agencies in the US and the United Nations will be reporting to Haiti as the country tries to recoup and deal with the aftermath. 

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Japan Torrential Rains Force Millions to Evacuate

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  • Over 5 million civilians in Japan have been forced to evacuate their homes as floods threaten the country while it continues to face severe torrential rains. 
  • Just weeks ago Japan faced landslides, overflowing rivers in Saga and Fukoko, which killed dozens of people. 
  • Local law enforcement and firefighters have been operating rescue missions as the unprecedented rains continue through the week. 

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Nicaragua Raid Opposition Paper, La Prensa

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  • Nicaraguan police raided the headquarters of an opposition newspaper called the La Prensa on Saturday, putting office members and the paper’s top editor into custody. 
  • The raid comes after local law enforcement claimed there was “customs fraud and money laundering” in a recent investigation. 
  • President Daniel Ortega called on the anti-government paper for “lies, slander, defamation, money laundering and not paying taxes.” His response, along with many other mass arrests under his presidency, face heavy opposition worldwide.

Sarah Rainsford, BBC Journalist in Russia, Expelled

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  • Sarah Rainsford, a BBC correspondent working in Moscow, was expelled from Russia and is not allowed to return to the country. BBC described the incident as “direct assault on media freedom.”
  • Rainsford’s visa was set to expire at the month, and she states the reason for her visa not being renewed is the worsening relationship between Russia and the West. 
  • An anchor in Russia for a state-run television channel stated that the reason for the incident was because Russian journalists in the UK were not being granted visas or renewals either.
  • The Russian Foreign Ministry stated that Rainsford’s visa would be renewed if the UK renewed the visa of a particular, currently unnamed, Russian journalist, who did not have his visa renewed even though he followed all official rules. The UK has not responded to this request.

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Israeli Security Forces Clash with Palestinians in Hebron

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  • On Friday, Israeli security forces were seen fighting against Muslims at the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron, which is in the West Bank. Stun and teargas grenades were used.
  • The Ibrahimi Mosque, in the same site as the Tomb of the Patriarchs for Jews, is a historic site for both religious peoples as it is the burial site of religious patriarchs. Muslims and Jews have occupation of different parts of the site.

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Covid: FDA Approved Booster Shots, Australia Goes into Lockdown

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  • The US Food and Drug Administration approved booster shots of the Covid vaccine by Pfizer and Moderna for certain immunocompromised people. 
  • US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy said third doses of the vaccine are not necessary for the general public, but more research is being conducted daily to see if the data consistently reflects that. The number of children hospitalized in the US due to the Covid has reached a record high of 1,902.
  • Covid restrictions in Sydney, Australia are being enforced by Australian military personnel as the entire state of New South Wales (NSW) is going into lockdown and the Delta variant worsens infection rates. The lockdown in Australia’s capital, Canberra, will last until there are no more cases in the city.

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Rising Fear of Kabul Being Captured as Taliban Take Control of Mazar-i-Sharif

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  • The Taliban have captured the final city in Northern Afghanistan, Mazar-i-Sharif, giving them control of a huge chunk of the region. The city is the fourth largest in Afghanistan, and it fell with little fight.
  • Residents of Taliban controlled areas detail strict punishments for breaking social rules, and women forced to wear burqas. Many residents have fled to Kabul, the capital, but the Taliban get closer to capturing the city everyday.
  • Afghani President Ashraf Ghani gave his first national address since the Taliban’s recent violence, stating that he promised to “prevent further instability” and it is a “top priority” to remobilise Afghan security forces.

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Salman Rushdie Severely Stabbed due to his Publication of the Book “The Satanic Verses”

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  • Salman Rushdie, an author, was severely stabbed in his neck and abdomen on stage by a suspect named Hadi Matar, causing him to be on a ventilator and potentially losing an eye.
  • An Iranian leader back in the 20th century wanted Rushdie killed because of his novel, Satanic Verses, that many Muslims found disrespectful. This led Salman to go into hiding for almost a decade.
  • Translators from different countries reading this book were harshly stabbed to death when the book came out and Iranian leader, Ayatollah Khomeini called for Salman’s execution for three million dollars.
  • The Iranian government has not yet responded to this issue, but many Iranians in the media claim him to be an apostate who later became an atheist.

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China Threatens Consequences if Pelosi Visits Taiwan

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  • US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi has landed inTaiwan. Prior to the visit, China’s Foreign Ministry has voiced their disapproval, stating that “China will take resolute responses and strong countermeasures to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
  • US Secretary of State Antony Blinken emphasized in response  that “The speaker will make her own decisions about whether or not to visit Taiwan,” and that the US is looking to Beijing to “act responsibly and not to engage in any escalation going forward.”
  • The US has made it clear that members of Congress routinely visit Taiwan and that this trip is non-threatening and has precedent. Even so, some officials have expressed concern that China may invade Taiwan’s air defense zone or send missiles near Taiwan in retaliation.
  • Pelosi has criticized China’s leadership and vocalized support for Taiwan in the past. She is currently on her tour of Asia, with scheduled visits to Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan.

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First Grain Ship Departs Ukraine After Six Months of Russian Blockade

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  • The first shipment of grain departed the port of Odesa on Monday after Russia’s blockade of Ukrainian ports for the last six months trapped around 20 million metric tons of wheat and corn.
  • Russia recently made a deal with Ukraine, brokered by the UN and Turkey, allowing grain exports to resume, appeasing fears of a global food supply crisis and rising prices.
  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba celebrated the shipment, calling it a “day of relief for the world, especially for our friends in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa.”
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was more hesitant to celebrate the shipment, stating “it is too early to draw any conclusions and make any forecasts” and he wants to “see how the agreement works and whether security will be really guaranteed.”

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Concerns Rise As US Teeters on the Brink of Recession

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  • The US economy declines for the second quarter in a row, causing, what other countries would consider, an economic recession. 
  • The prices for groceries, gas, and other basics are rising at the fastest pace since 1981. The US Central Bank is quickly trying to raise borrowing costs in order to cool the economy and ease the prices on goods, but with the contraction, at the annual rate of 0.9% in the 3 months to July, many are still getting concerned. 
  • President Biden struggles to convince the public that the economy is sound, with the unemployment rate at a low 3.6%. But with inflation in the US hitting 9.1% in June, the fastest price appreciation in 4 months, consumer spending has slowed at an annual rate of 1%. 
  • Many other countries, such as China and the UK, have been hit harder by the surge in energy prices and the War in Ukraine, causing risks from abroad. Other countries are facing much more serious problems and once they’re hit, their problems can spill over and affect the US. 

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North Korea Could Possibly Be Preparing another Nuclear Test

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  • North Korea could be preparing a seventh nuclear test, especially after Mr. Kim announced that the country is fully ready for any military confrontation with the US at a Korean War Anniversary event. 
  • A US special representative in North Korea states that Jong-Un has tested an unprecedented number of missiles this year—31 to 25. Jong-Un also stated that threats from the US required North Korea to achieve the urgent historical task of strengthening its self-defense. 
  • Jong-un also stated that South Korea is reviving a plan to counter North Korea’s threat by mounting precautionary strikes; in June alone, South Korea launched 8 missiles of its own.
  • The North Korean regime is especially angry with South Korea’s new president Yoon Suk-yeol and his so-called Kill Chain strategy. This strategy allows South Korea to launch ballistic missiles and air strikes on North Korean targets if it ever feels threatened. 
  • North Korea has also not been getting as much engagement with Washington ever since Biden replaced Trump, and could be hinting at some sort of deliberate escalation by the North, and preparations have been underway at the Punggye Ri test site since March.

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Russia Limits Gas Supply to Germany

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  • Gazprom, a major Russian energy provider, has stated it will reduce the supply of gas to Germany by half via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline due to repair work. 
  • Germany has said that they see no technical reason for the decrease in gas supply. The European Union continues to accuse Russia of weaponizing energy, with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stating, “This is an open gas war that Russia is waging against a united Europe.”
  • Ukraine and Russia signed an agreement to allow the export of grain via the Black Sea after Russia continued to block millions of tonnes from being exported. The next day, Russia struck missiles at the port, some of which hit the infrastructure of the port.
  • The US and Ukraine are optimistic that the agreement will still be implemented, with the US State Department stating, “Despite these attacks, we do understand that the parties are continuing preparations to open Ukraine’s Black Sea ports for food and fertilizer exports…we also continue to expect that the Black Sea agreement will be implemented.”

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